Motherboard
A88XM-E
E9125
First Edition
March 2014
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Contents
Safety information....................................................................................... iv
About this guide.......................................................................................... iv
Package contents........................................................................................ vi
A88XM-E specifications summary............................................................. vi
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 1-2
1.3
Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)............................................ 1-4
1.4
System memory............................................................................ 1-8
1.5
Expansion slots........................................................................... 1-10
1.6Jumpers....................................................................................... 1-12
1.7Connectors.................................................................................. 1-13
1.8
Software support......................................................................... 1-21
Chapter 2:
BIOS information
2.1
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 2-1
2.2
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 2-6
2.3
My Favorites.................................................................................. 2-9
2.4
Main menu................................................................................... 2-10
2.5
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................... 2-12
2.6
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 2-16
2.7
Monitor menu.............................................................................. 2-22
2.8
Boot menu................................................................................... 2-25
2.9
Tools menu.................................................................................. 2-31
2.10
Exit menu..................................................................................... 2-32
Appendices
Notices........................................................................................................A-1
ASUS contact information........................................................................A-3
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Safety information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet
before relocating the system.
•
When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables
for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible,
disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.
•
Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure that all
power cables are unplugged.
•
Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices
could interrupt the grounding circuit.
•
Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not
sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power
company.
•
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
•
Before installing the motherboard and adding components, carefully read all the manuals
that came with the package.
•
Before using the product, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the power
cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.
•
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors,
slots, sockets and circuitry.
•
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area
where it may be exposed to moisture.
•
Place the product on a stable surface.
•
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring the
motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports. It includes descriptions of the switches, jumpers, and connectors on the
motherboard.
•
Chapter 2: BIOS information
This chapter discusses changing system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions fo the BIOS parameters are also provided.
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Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software
updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when
completing a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when
completing a task
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign
means that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or
Return key.
<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key
names are linked with a plus sign (+).
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Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS A88XM-E motherboard
Cables
2 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables
Accessories
1 x I/O Shield
Application DVD
Support DVD
Documentation
User Guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
A88XM-E specifications summary
APU
AMD® FM2+ socket for AMD® A-Series/Athlon™ series processors
Supports CPU up to 4 cores
AMD® Turbo Core Technology 3.0 support
• The AMD® Turbo Core Technology 3.0 support depends on the APU types.
• Refer to www.asus.com for the AMD® APU support list.
Chipset
AMD® A88X FCH
Memory
2 x 240-pin DIMM slots support maximum 32GB unbuffered non-ECC
DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133/1866/1600/1333 MHz memory modules
Dual-channel memory architecture
Supports AMD Memory Profile (AMP) memory
• Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of indivudal
APUs.
• The maximum 32GB memory capacity can be supported with 16GB or above
DIMMs. ASUS will update the memory QVL once the DIMMs are available in the
market.
• Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List).
• When you install a total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit
operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. We recommend a
maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a Windows® 32-bit operating
system.
Graphics
Integrated AMD Radeon™ R/HD 8000/ HD 7000 Series Graphics in
A-Series APU
Multi-VGA output support: HDMI, DVI, D-Sub ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution of
4096x2160@24Hz/1920x1200@60Hz
- Supports Dual-link DVI with max. resolution of 2560x1600@60Hz
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution of 1920x1600@60Hz
- Maximum shared memory of 2G
- Supports AMD® Dual Graphics technology
• Refer to http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/dual-graphics/Pages/
dual-graphics.aspx#3 for the discrete GPUs that support Dual Graphics
technology.
• Only FM2+ APU can support up to 4096x2160 resolution display via HDMI port.
Expansion slots
1 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot*
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
1 x PCI slot
* Only FM2+ processors can support PCIe 3.0.
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A88XM-E specifications summary
Storage
AMD® A88X FCH:
- 6 x Serial ATA 6 Gb/s connectors with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5,
RAID 10 and JBOD support
LAN
Realtek® 8111GR PCIe Gigabit LAN controller
Audio
Realtek® ALC887-VD 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
• Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to support a
7.1-channel audio output.
USB
AMD® A88X FCH:
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports* (2 ports at the back panel [blue], 2 ports at midboard)
- 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports at the back panel, 4 ports at mid-board)
* Supports ASUS USB 3.0 Boost
ASUS unique features
ASUS 5X Protection
- ASUS motherboards safeguard your PC with 5X Protection:
DIGI+VRM, DRAM Fuse, ESD Guards, High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid
Capacitors, and Stainless Steel Back I/O to ensure the best quality,
reliability, and durability.
ASUS DIGI+ VRM
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM: Digital Power Design for the APU
- ASUS 3+2 Phase Power Design
ASUS DRAM Fuse
- Enhanced DRAM overcurrent protection and short circui damage
prevention
ASUS ESD Guard
- Strong ESD Protection for extended component lifespan
ASUS High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors
- 2.5x Long Lifespan with excellent durability
ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O
- 3x More durable corrosion-resistant coating
ASUS Exclusive Features
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ASUS EPU
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost
ASUS AI Charger
ASUS Disk Unlocker
ASUS AI Suite 3
ASUS Anti Surge
ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
- Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS My Logo 2
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A88XM-E specifications summary
Rear panel I/O ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x D-Sub output port
1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
3-jack 7.1-channel audio I/O ports
Internal connectors
1 x 19-pin USB 3.0/2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB ports
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 4 USB ports
6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
1 x System panel connector
1 x Internal speaker connector
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan connector
1 x 4-pin Chassis Fan connector
1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x COM connector
1 x TPM connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
BIOS features
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS
2.7, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree
BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified Log, F12 PrintScreen
function, F3 Shortcut functions, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence
Detect) memory information
Support DVD
Drivers
ASUS utilities
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Windows® 8.1/ 8.1 64-bit
OS support
Windows® 8/ 8 64-bit
Windows® 7/ 7 64-bit
Windows® XP
Form factor
mATX form factor: 8.9 in. x 7.4 in. (22.6 cm x 18.8 cm)
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Product introduction
1.1
Before you proceed
1
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change
any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
•
Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded
object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, to avoid damaging them due
to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the
bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power supply is
switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so
may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, or components.
Standby Power LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate that the system
is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you should shut down
the system and unplug the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard
component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard LED.
SB_PWR
A88XM-E
ON
Standby Power
OFF
Powered Off
A88XM-E Onboard LED
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1.2
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the
motherboard fits.
Unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard. Failure to do so can
cause you physical injury and damage to motherboard components.
1.2.1
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, place it into the chassis in the correct orientation. The edge
with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis as indicated in the image.
1.2.2
Screw holes
Place six screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side
towards the rear
of the chassis
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1.2.3
Motherboard layout
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2
3
4
1
5
18.8cm(7.4in)
KBMS
DIGI
+VRM
ATX12V
CPU_FAN
CHA_FAN
AUDIO
EATXPWR
LAN_USB12
TPM
6
ALC
887
SATA6G_6
SPEAKER
F_PANEL
PCI1
SPDIF_OUT
USB3_34
USB34
SATA6G_2
7
8
SB_PWR
SATA6G_3
CLRTC
COM
15 14
USB56
64Mb
BIOS SATA6G_1
SATA6G_5
AMD®
A88X
BATTERY
PCIEX1_1
SATA6G_4
PCIEX16
Super
I/O
ASUS A88XM-E
2
A88XM-E
8111
GR
AAFP
22.6cm(8.9in)
USB3_12
DDR3 DIMM_B1 (64bit, 240-pin module)
DDR3 DIMM_A1 (64bit, 240-pin module)
SOCKET FM2+
DVI_VGA
HDMI
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11
10
7
9
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1.2.4
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED
1. CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, and 4-pin CHA_FAN)
2. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)
3. TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
4. AMD FM2+ socket
5. DDR3 DIMM slots
6. Speaker connector (4-pin SPEAKER)
7. SATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1~6)
8. System panel connector (10-1 pin F_PANEL)
9. Standby power LED (SB_PWR)
10. USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB34, USB56)
11. USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_34)
12. Clear RTC RAM (2-pin CLRTC)
13. Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM)
14. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
15. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
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Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)
This motherboard comes with a FM2+ socket designed for AMD® A-series and Athlon™
series processors.
Ensure that you use an APU designed for the FM2+ socket. The APU fits in only one
correct orientation. DO NOT force the APU into the socket to prevent bending the pins and
damaging the APU!
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A88XM-E CPU socket FM2+
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1.3.1
APU installation
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1.3.2
APU heatsink and fan assembly installation
Apply the Thermal Interface Material
to the APU heatsink and APU
before you install the heatsink and
fan if necessary.
To install the APU heatsink and fan assembly
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3
4
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To uninstall the APU heatsink and fan assembly
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3
2
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5
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1.4
System memory
1.4.1Overview
This motherboard comes with two Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) sockets.
A DDR3 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR2 DIMM but is notched
differently to prevent installation on a DDR2 DIMM socket. DDR3 modules are developed for
better performance with less power consumption.
DIMM_A1
DIMM_B1
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR3 DIMM sockets:
Channel
Channel A
Channel B
Sockets
DIMM_A1
DIMM_B1
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A88XM-E 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
1.4.2
Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB unbuffered non-ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the DIMM
sockets.
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•
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The system
maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel configuration. Any
excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then mapped for single-channel
operation.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimal compatibility, we
recommend that you install memory modules of the same version or date code (D/C)
from the same vendor. Check with the retailer to get the correct memory modules.
•
Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows® OS, when you install 4GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the
following:
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Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows® OS.
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Install a 64-bit Windows® OS if you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
•
This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB) chips or less.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.4.3
•
The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its Serial Presence Detect
(SPD), which is the standard way of accessing information from a memory module.
Under the default state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a
lower frequency than the vendor-marked value. To operate at the vendor-marked
or at a higher frequency, refer to section 2.5 Ai Tweaker menu for manual memory
frequency adjustment.
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full
memory load (2 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
•
Visit the ASUS website at: www.asus.com for the latest QVL.
Installing a DIMM
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3
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To remove a DIMM
B
A
A
1.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections describe
the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do so may
cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
1.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with it and
make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw for later
use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely
seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
1.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See Chapter 2 for
information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share IRQ” or that
the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will arise between the two PCI
groups, making the system unstable and the card inoperable.
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1.5.3
PCI slot
The PCI slot supports cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other cards that
comply with PCI specifications.
1.5.4
PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards, and other cards that
comply with the PCI Express specifications.
1.5.5
PCI Express x16 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express x16 network cards, SCSI cards, and other cards that
comply with the PCI Express specifications.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIEx16_1
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
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shared
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PCIEx1_1
shared
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PCI1 slot
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shared
Realtek LAN controller
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shared
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HD audio
shared
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SATA controller
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shared
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OnChip XHCI controller1
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shared
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OnChip XHCI controller2
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shared
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OnChip USB EHCI 1/2/3
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shared
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OnChip USB OHCI
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shared
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1.6Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (2-pin CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You can
clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing the
CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in
CMOS, which include system setup information such as system passwords.
CLRTC
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2
Normal
(Open)
1
2
Clear CMOS
(Short)
A88XM-E Clear RTC RAM
To erase the RTC RAM:
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1.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2.
Use a metal object such as a screwdriver to short the two pins.
3.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to reenter data.
•
If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and short the two pins
again to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After clearing the CMOS, reinstall the
battery.
•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to overclocking. For
system failure due to overclocking, use the CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R.) feature.
Shut down and reboot the system, then the BIOS automatically resets parameter
settings to default values.
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1.7Connectors
1.7.1
Rear panel connectors
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10
3
8
7
4 5
6
1.
PS/2 mouse port. This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
2.
Video Graphics Adapter (VGA) port. This 15-pin port is for a VGA monitor or other
VGA-compatible devices.
3.
LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN)
through a network hub.
LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
OFF
No link
ORANGE Linked
BLINKING Data activity
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
Speed LED
Status
Description
OFF
10Mbps connection
ORANGE 100Mbps connection
GREEN 1Gbps connection
LAN port
4.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects to the tape, CD, DVD player, or other
audio sources.
5.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects to a headphone or a speaker. In the 2.1, 4.1,
5.1, and 7.1-channel configurations, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker
Out.
6.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects to a microphone.
Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in 2.1, 4.1,
5.1 or 7.1-channel configuration.
Audio 2.1, 4.1, 5.1 or 7.1-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue (Rear
panel)
Headset
2.1-channel
Line In
Lime (Rear panel)
Line Out
Pink (Rear panel)
Lime (Front panel)
Mic In
—
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4.1-channel
5.1-channel
7.1-channel
Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out
Mic In
—
Bass/Center
—
Front Speaker
Out
Bass/Center
Side Speaker Out
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To configure a 7.1-channel audio output:
Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to support a 7.1-channel audio
output.
7.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are for USB
2.0/1.1 devices.
8.
USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 9-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are for USB
3.0/2.0 devices.
9.
•
DO NOT connect a keyboard / mouse to any USB 3.0 port when installing Windows®
operating system.
•
Due to USB 3.0 controller limitation, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under
Windows® OS environment and after the USB 3.0 driver installation.
•
USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only.
•
We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster
and better performance for your USB 3.0 devices.
DVI-D port. This port is for any DVI-D compatible device. DVI-D can’t be converted to
output RGB Signal to CRT and isn’t compatible with DVI-I.
10. HDMI port. This port is for a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector,
and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-ray, and other protected
content.
11. PS/2 keyboard port. This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
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1.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, and 4-pin CHA_FAN)
Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the
black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
CPU FAN PWM
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWR
GND
CPU_FAN
A88XM-E
CHA FAN PWM
CHA FAN IN
CHA FAN PWR
GND
CHA_FAN
A88XM-E Fan connectors
DO NOT forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow inside
the system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers! DO NOT
place jumper caps on the fan connectors.
2.
•
The CPU_FAN connector supports a CPU fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.
•
Only the 4-pin CPU fan and 4-pin chassis fan support the ASUS Fan Xpert feature.
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which can securely
store keys, digital certificates, passwords, and data. A TPM system also helps enhance
network security, protects digital identities, and ensures platform integrity.
SB_SUS_STAT
GND
+3VSB
SMBSCL
LAD0
+3V
LAD3
PCIRST#
FRAME
PCICLK
TPM
PIN 1
GND
RESET
GPIO
SERIRQ
SMBSDA
GND
LAD1
LAD2
PWROWN
A88XM-E
A88XM-E TPM connector
The TPM module is purchased separately.
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ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for an ATX power supply. The plugs from the power supply are
designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and
push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
GND
GND
+12V DC
+12V DC
ATX12V
A88XM-E
EATXPWR
+3 Volts
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+5V Standby
Power OK
PIN 1
GND
+5 Volts
GND
+5 Volts
GND
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
GND
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
-5 Volts
GND
GND
GND
PSON#
GND
-12 Volts
+3 Volts
PIN 1
A88XM-E ATX power connectors
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•
We recommend that you use an ATX 12V Specification 2.0‑compliant power supply
unit (PSU) with a minimum of 300W power rating. This PSU type has 24-pin and 4-pin
power plugs.
•
If you intend to use a PSU with 20-pin and 4-pin power plugs, ensure that the 20-pin
power plug can provide at least 15 A on +12 V and that the PSU has a minimum
power rating of 300W. The system may become unstable or may not boot up if the
power is inadequate.
•
DO NOT forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12V power plug. Otherwise, the system will
not boot up.
•
We recommend that you use a PSU with higher power output when configuring a
system with more power-consuming devices or when you intend to install additional
devices. The system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is
inadequate.
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your system,
refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator at http://support.asus.
com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
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4.
Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G 1~6)
These connectors are for the Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables for Serial ATA hard
disk drives and optical disc drives. If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you
can create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD configuration through the
onboard controller.
SATA6G_6
GND
RSATA_RXP6
RSATA_RXN6
GND
RSATA_TXN6
RSATA_TXP6
GND
SATA6G_5
GND
RSATA_RXP5
RSATA_RXN5
GND
RSATA_TXN5
RSATA_TXP5
GND
SATA6G_4
SATA6G_1
SATA6G_2 SATA6G_3
GND
RSATA_TXP3
RSATA_TXN3
GND
RSATA_RXN3
RSATA_RXP3
GND
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN2
GND
RSATA_RXN2
RSATA_RXP2
GND
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXN1
RSATA_RXP1
GND
A88XM-E
GND
RSATA_RXP4
RSATA_RXN4
GND
RSATA_TXN4
RSATA_TXP4
GND
A88XM-E SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors
5.
•
These connectors are set to AHCI mode by default. If you intend to create a Serial
ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the type of the SATA connectors in the
BIOS to [RAID]. See section 2.6.2 SATA Configuration for details.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later version before using Serial
ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if you are using
Windows® XP SP3 or later version.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the type of the SATA connectors in the BIOS to
[AHCI]. See section 2.6.2 SATA Configuration for details.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
SPDIFOUT
GND
A88XM-E
+5V
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port.
SPDIF_OUT
A88XM-E Digital audio connector
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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6.
System panel connector (10-1 pin F_PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
F_PANEL
PWR_LED+
PWR_LEDPWR
GND
+PWR LED PWR BTN
HDD_LED+
HDD_LEDGround
HWRST#
(NC)
PIN 1
A88XM-E
+HDD_LED
RESET
A88XM-E System panel connector
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System power LED (2-pin PWR_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin HDD_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to
the HDD.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRBTN)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power button.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
7.
Speaker connector (4-pin SPEAKER)
The 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
+5V
GND
GND
Speaker Out
SPEAKER
A88XM-E
PIN 1
A88XM-E Speaker out connector
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8.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
NC
AGND
NC
NC
SENSE2_RETUR
AGND
NC
SENSE1_RETUR
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either High Definition Audio or AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front
panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
AAFP
PORT1 L
PORT1 R
PORT2 R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2 L
A88XM-E
PIN 1
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
PIN 1
HD-audio-compliant
pin definition
Legacy AC’97
compliant definition
A88XM-E Front panel audio connector
9.
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector to avail of the motherboard high-definition audio capability.
•
If you want to connect a high definition front panel audio module to this connector, set
the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS to [HD]. See section 2.6.5 Onboard Devices
Configuration for details.
•
The front panel audio I/O module is purchased separately.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM)
This connector is for a serial (COM) port. Connect the serial port module cable to this
connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
RXD
DTR
DSR
CTS
COM
DCD
TXD
GND
RTS
RI
PIN 1
A88XM-E
A88XM-E Serial port connectors
The COM module is purchased separately.
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10. USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB34, USB56)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of
these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to
480Mbps connection speed.
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P4USB_P4+
GND
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
GND
A88XM-E
USB+5V
USB_P3USB_P3+
GND
NC
USB34
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
NC
USB56
A88XM-E USB2.0 connectors
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
The USB 2.0 module is purchased separately.
11. USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_34)
These connectors allow you to connect a USB 3.0 module for additional USB 3.0 front
or rear panel ports. With an installed USB 3.0 module, you can enjoy all the benefits of
USB 3.0 including faster data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, faster charging time for
USB-chargeable devices, optimized power efficiency and backward compatibility with
USB 2.0.
A88XM-E
USB3+5V
IntA_P1_SSRXIntA_P1_SSRX+
IntA_P1_SSTXGND
IntA_P1_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P1_DIntA_P1_D+
GND
USB3+5V
IntA_P2_SSRXIntA_P2_SSRX+
GND
IntA_P2_SSTXIntA_P2_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P2_DIntA_P2_D+
PIN 1
USB3_34
A88XM-E USB3.0 connector
You can connect the ASUS front panel USB 3.0 bracket to this connector to obtain the front
panel USB 3.0 solution.
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1.8
Software support
1.8.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP / Windows® 7 / 64-bit Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 /
64-bit Windows® 8 / Windows® 8.1 / 64-bit Windows® 8.1 Operating Systems (OS). Always
install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the features of your
hardware.
1.8.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Refer to your OS documentation for
detailed information.
•
Ensure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions / Windows®
7 / 64-bit Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / 64-bit Windows® 8 / Windows® 8.1 / 64-bit
Windows® 8.1 before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The Support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software
applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the Support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the
ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
To run the Support DVD
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled in your computer, the DVD
automatically displays the Specials screen. Click Drivers, Utilities, Make Disk, Manual, and
Contact tabs to display their respective menus.
The following screen is for reference only.
Click an icon to display
Support DVD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled on your computer, browse the contents of the Support DVD to
locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run
the DVD.
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2
BIOS information
2.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need
to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS
Update utility.
2.1.1
EZ Update
EZ Update is a utility that allows you to automatically update your motherboard’s softwares,
drivers and the BIOS version easily. With this utlity, you can also manually update the saved
BIOS and select a boot logo when the system goes into POST.
To launch EZ Update, click EZ Update on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Click to
automatically
update your
motherboard’s
driver, software
and firmware
Click to find and
select the BIOS
from file
Click to select
a boot logo
Click to
update the
BIOS
EZ Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an ISP (Internet
Service Provider).
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2.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without using an OS‑based
utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at
www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
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1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.
2.
Enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tool menu to select
ASUS EZ Flash Utility and press <Enter> to enable it.
3.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Drive field.
4.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS,
and then press <Enter>.
5.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Folder Info field.
6.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the BIOS file, and then press <Enter> to perform
the BIOS update process. Reboot the system when the update process is done.
•
This function supports USB flash disks formatted using FAT32/16 on a single partition
only.
•
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.
Select the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit menu. .
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system
boot failure!
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2.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the BIOS file
when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a corrupted BIOS
file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains the updated BIOS
file.
•
Before using this utility, rename the BIOS file in the removable device into
A88XME.CAP.
•
The BIOS file in the support DVD may not be the latest version. Download the latest
BIOS file from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the support DVD to the optical drive or the USB flash drive that contains the
BIOS file to the USB port.
3.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found, the utility
reads the BIOS file and enters ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility automatically.
4.
The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover BIOS settings. To ensure
system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press <F5> to load default
BIOS values.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
2.1.4
ASUS BIOS Updater
The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update BIOS in a DOS environment. This utility also
allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or
gets corrupted during the updating process.
The succeeding utility screens are for reference only. The actual utility screen displays may
not be same as shown.
Before updating BIOS
1.
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive formatted using
FAT32/16 on a single partition.
2.
Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from the ASUS website at
http://support.asus.com and save them on the USB flash drive.
NTFS is not supported under DOS environment. Do not save the BIOS file and BIOS
Updater to a hard disk drive or USB flash drive in NTFS format.
3.
Turn off the computer and disconnect all SATA hard disk drives (optional).
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Booting the system to a DOS environment
1.
Insert the DOS-bootable USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to
your computer’s USB port.
2.
Boot your computer. When the ASUS Logo appears, press <F8> to show the BIOS
Boot Device Select Menu.
3. Select the optical drive as the boot device. The DOS screen appears.
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater:
1.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>.
2.
The BIOS Updater screen appears as below.
ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.30
A88XM-E
0302
02/21/2014
A88XME.CAP 8194 2014-02-21 15:25:48
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3.
Press <Tab> to switch between screen fields and use the <Up/Down/Home/End> keys
to select the BIOS file and press <Enter>. BIOS Updater checks the selected BIOS file
and prompts you to confirm BIOS update.
4.
Select Yes and press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS
Updater. Restart your computer.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
•
For BIOS Updater version 1.30 or later, the utility automatically exits to the DOS
prompt after updating BIOS.
•
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.
Select the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit menu. Refer to section 2.10
Exit menu for details.
•
Ensure to connect all SATA hard disk drives after updating the BIOS file if you have
disconnected them.
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2.2
BIOS setup program
Use the BIOS Setup program to update the BIOS or configure its parameters. The BIOS
screens include navigation keys and brief online help to guide you in using the BIOS Setup
program.
Entering BIOS Setup at startup
To enter BIOS Setup at startup:
•
Press <Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST). If you do not press <Delete>,
POST continues with its routines.
Entering BIOS Setup after POST
To enter BIOS Setup after POST:
•
Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> simultaneously.
•
Press the reset button on the system chassis.
•
Press the power button to turn the system off then back on. Do this option only if you
failed to enter BIOS Setup using the first two options.
Using the power button, reset button, or the <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> keys to force
reset from a running operating system can cause damage to your data or system. We
recommend to always shut down the system properly from the operating system.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and
may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Ensure that a USB mouse is connected to your motherboard if you want to use the
mouse to control the BIOS setup program.
•
The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions to ensure
optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after changing any BIOS
settings, load the default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select
the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit Menu. See section 2.10 Exit Menu.
•
If the system fails to boot after changing any BIOS setting, try to clear the CMOS and
reset the motherboard to the default value. Refer to section 1.6 Jumpers on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
•
The BIOS setup program does not support the bluetooth devices.
BIOS menu screen
The BIOS setup program can be used under two modes: EZ Mode and Advanced Mode.
You can change modes from the Exit menu or from the Exit/Advanced Mode button in the
EZ Mode/Advanced Mode screen.
EZ Mode
By default, the EZ Mode screen appears when you enter the BIOS setup program. The EZ
Mode provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to select
the display language, system performance mode and boot device priority. To access the
Advanced Mode, click Exit/Advanced Mode, then select Advanced Mode or press F7 for the
advanced BIOS settings.
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The default screen for entering the BIOS setup program can be changed. Refer to the
Setup Mode item in section 2.8 Boot menu for details.
Selects the display language of
the BIOS setup program
Exits the BIOS setup program
Displays the CPU temperature, CPU
Voltage output, DRAM information and
CPU/Chassis fan speed
Power
Boot device SATA information
Saving mode
priority
Advanced mode
Normal mode
functions
Advanced mode
menus
without saving the changes, saves
the changes and resets the system,
or enters the Advanced Mode
Loads optimized default
Selects the boot
device priority
Displays
the system
properties
•
The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system.
•
The Boot Menu(F8) button is available only when the boot device is installed to the
system.
Advanced Mode
The Advanced Mode provides advanced options for experienced end-users to configure the
BIOS settings. The figure below shows an example of the Advanced Mode. Refer to the
following sections for the detailed configurations.
To access the EZ Mode, click Exit, then select ASUS EZ Mode or press F7.
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Back button Menu items
Menu bar
Configuration fields General help
Pop-up window
Menu bar
Navigation keys Last modified
settings
Quick
Scroll bar
note
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
My Favorites
For saving the frequently-used system settings and configuration
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Ai Tweaker
For changing the overclocking settings
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Monitor
For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing the fan settings
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Tool
For configuring options for special functions
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example,
selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
Back button
This button appears when entering a submenu. Press <Esc> or use the USB mouse to click
this button to return to the previous menu screen.
Submenu items
A greater than sign (>) before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
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Pop-up window
Select a menu item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the configuration
options for that item.
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a menu screen when there are items that do not fit
on the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> / <Page Down> keys to display
the other items on the screen.
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of the menu screen are the navigation keys for the BIOS setup
program. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item.
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable, you can
change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not
user-configurable.
A configurable field is highlighted when selected. To change the value of a field, select it and
press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Quick Note button
This button allows you to enter notes of the activities that you have done in BIOS.
Last Modified button
This button shows the items that you last modified and saved in BIOS Setup.
2.3
My Favorites
MyFavorites is your personal space where you can easily save and access your favorite
BIOS items.
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Adding items to My Favorites
To add frequently-used BIOS items to My Favorites:
1.
Use the arrow keys to select an item that you want to add. When using a mouse, hover
the pointer to the item.
2.
Press <F4> on your keyboard or right-click on your mouse to add the item to My
Favorites page.
You cannot add the following items to My Favorites:
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•
Items with submenu options
•
User-configurable items such as language and boot device order
•
Configuration items such as Memory SPD Information, system time and date
Main menu
The Main menu screen appears when you enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS Setup
program. The Main menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and
allows you to set the system date, time, language, and security settings.
2.4.1
System Language [English]
Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options. Configuration options:
[English]
[Español] [Русский] [한국어]
2.4.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
2.4.3
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
2.4.4Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
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•
If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 1.6 Jumpers for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
•
The Administrator or User Password items on top of the screen show the default
Not Installed. After you set a password, these items show Installed.
Administrator Password
If you have set an administrator password, we recommend that you enter the administrator
password for accessing the system. Otherwise, you might be able to see or change only
selected fields in the BIOS setup program.
To set an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
To change an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the administrator password, follow the same steps as in changing an administrator
password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear
the password, the Administrator Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
User Password
If you have set a user password, you must enter the user password for accessing the system.
The User Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set
a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a user password:
1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change a user password:
1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password, but press
<Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the
User Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
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2.5
Ai Tweaker menu
The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items. Incorrect field
values can cause the system to malfunction.
The configuration options for this section vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you
installed on the motherboard.
Scroll down to display the following items:
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Target CPU Speed : xxxxMHz
Displays the current CPU speed.
Target DRAM Speed : xxxxMHz
Displays the current DRAM speed.
2.5.1
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal
frequency. Select any of these preset overclocking configuration options:
[Auto]Loads the optimal settings for the system.
[Manual]
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
APU Frequency [XXX]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [Manual]. Use the <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the value. You can also key in the desired value using the numeric
keypad. The values range from 90.0MHz to 300.0MHz.
2.5.2
Memory Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the memory operating frequency. Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz] [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz] [DDR32133MHz] [DDR3-2400MHz]
Selecting a very high memory frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default setting.
2.5.3
APU Multiplier [Auto]
Allows you to set the multiplier between the CPU Core Clock and the FSB Frequency. Use
the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the ratio. The valid value ranges vary according to your CPU
model.
2.5.4
NB Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the NB frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. You
can also key in the desired value using the numeric keypad.
2.5.5
EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the EPU power saving function. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
EPU Setting [Auto]
This item appears only when The EPU Power Saving Mode is set to [Enabled] and
allows you to set power saving mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [Light Power
Saving Mode] [Medium Power Saving Mode] [Max Power Saving Mode]
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DRAM Timing Control
The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features. Use the
<+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the
keyboard and press <Enter>.
Changing the values in this menu may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default settings.
2.5.7
TDP Configuration
This item appears depending on the APU type installed.
Target TDP [Auto]
Allows you to manually set up a TDP (Thermal Design Power) value. The processor will run
within the specified TDP to constrain power consumption.
2.5.8
APU Voltage [Offset Mode]
[Offset Mode]
To offset the voltage by a positive or negative value.
CPU Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Offset Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Offset voltage. The values range from 0.00625V to
0.33750V with a 0.00625V interval.
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU voltage. Setting a high voltage
may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage may make the system
unstable.
VDDNB Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
VDDNB Offset Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the VDDNB Offset voltage. The values range from 0.00625V to
0.36250V with a 0.00625V interval.
2.5.9
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.350V to 1.650V with a 0.150V
interval.
2.5.10
SB 1.1V Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the Southbridge 1.1V voltage. The values range from 1.10V to 1.22V with a
0.04V interval.
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2.5.11
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The values of the CPU Offset Voltage, VDDNB Offset Voltage, DRAM Voltage, and
SB 1.1V Voltage items are labeled in different colors, indicating the risk levels of high
voltage settings.
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The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high voltage
settings.
DIGI+ VRM
CPU Load Line Calibration [Auto]
Load-line Calibration is defined by AMD VRM specifications and affects CPU voltage. The
CPU working voltage will decrease proportionally to CPU loading. Higher load-line calibration
would get higher voltage and better overclocking performance, but increase the CPU and
VRM thermal. This item allows you to adjust the voltage range from the following percentages
to boost the system performance: 0% (Regular), 60% (Medium), 80% (High), and 100%
(Extreme). Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Medium] [High] [Extreme]
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specifiation.
CPU/NB Load Line Calibration [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU/NB Load-Line Calibration mode. Configuration options: [Auto]
[Regular] [High] [Extreme]
CPU Current Capability [100%]
This item provides wider total power range for overclocking. A higher value brings a
wider total power range and extends the overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%]
CPU/NB Current Capability [100%]
This item provides wider total power range for overclocking. A higher value brings a
wider total power range and extends the overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%]
CPU Power Phase Control [Standard]
Phase number is the number of working VRM phase. Increasing phase number under heavy
system loading to get more transient and better thermal performance. Reducing phase
number under light system loading to increase VRM efficiency.
[Standard]
[Optimized]
[Extreme]
[Manual Adjustment]
Proceeds phase control depending on the CPU loading.
Loads the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
Proceeds the full phase mode.
Allows manual adjustment.
DO NOT remove the thermal module when switching to Extreme and Manual Adjustment.
The thermal conditions should be monitored.
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Manual Adjustment [Fast]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Manual Adjustment]. Select [Ultra
Fast] for a faster response. The reaction time will be longer when [Regular] is selected.
Configuration options: [Ultra Fast] [Fast] [Medium] [Regular]
CPU Voltage Frequency [300]
Switching frequency will affect the VRM transient response and component thermal. Setting
a higher frequency gets faster transient response. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the
value. The values range from 200k Hz to 350k Hz with a 50k Hz interval.
CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]
[T.Probe]
Maintains the VRM thermal balance.
[Extreme]
Maintains the VRM current balance.
Do not remove the thermal module while changing the DIGI+VRM related parameters. The
thermal conditions should be monitored.
2.6
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
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2.6.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically
detects.
The items shown in submenu may be different due to the CPU you installed.
AMD PowerNow function [Enabled]
Enables or disables the AMD PowerNow function. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
NX Mode [Enabled]
Enables or disables the No-execute page protection function. Configuration options:
[Enabled] [Disabled]
SVM [Enabled]
Enables or disables CPU virtualization. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPB Mode [Auto]
Disables the CPB (Core Performance Boost) mode or set it to [Auto] for automatic
configuration. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
APM Master enable [Auto]
Enables or disables APM Master. Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
C6 Mode [Enabled]
Enables or disables C6 mode. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
IOMMU [Disabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to show IOMMU Mode. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Bank Interleaving [Enabled]
Enables or disables the bank memory interleaving. Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Channel Interleaving [Enabled]
Enables or disables the channel memory interleaving. Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Core Leveling Mode [Automatic mode]
Allows you to change the number of Compute Units on the system. Configuration options:
[Automatic mode] [One core per processor] [One Compute Unit] [One core per Compute Unit]
2.6.2
SATA Configuration
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. The
SATA Port items show Not Present if no SATA device is installed to the corresponding SATA
port.
OnChip SATA Channel [Enabled]
Enables or disables onboard channel SATA port. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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OnChip SATA Type [AHCI]
Allows you to set the SATA configuration.
[IDE]Set to [IDE] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as
Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
[RAID]
Set to [RAID] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the SATA
hard disk drives.
[AHCI]Set to [AHCI] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the AHCI
(Advanced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the onboard storage
driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that increases storage
performance on random workloads by allowing the drive to internally
optimize the order of commands.
SATA Port 5 - Port 6 [AHCI]
This item only appears when OnChip SATA Type is set to [AHCI]. If SATA ports 5,
6 are configured as [AHCI], the ports can only be used under Windows® OS with the
requested drivers installed. Set to [IDE] instead of [AHCI] to access devices on SATA
ports 5, 6 before entering OS. Configuration options: [AHCI] [IDE]
SATA Port 5 - Port 6 [RAID]
This item only appears when OnChip SATA Type is set to [RAID]. If SATA ports 5,
6 are configured as [RAID], the ports can only be used under Windows® OS with the
requested drivers installed. Set to [IDE] instead of [RAID] to access devices on SATA
ports 5, 6 before entering OS. Configuration options: [RAID] [IDE]
OnChip SATA MAX Speed [SATA 6.0Gb/s]
For better HDD compatibility, set the SATA Speed to [SATA 3.0Gb/s] to support SATA
3.0Gb/s HDDs or [SATA 6.0Gb/s] to support SATA 6.0Gb/s HDDs. Configuration options:
[SATA 6.0Gb/s] [SATA 3.0Gb/s]
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system. When
read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to report warning
messages during the POST. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
SATA ESP on Port1~6 [Disabled]
Enable this item to support ESATA. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
2.6.3
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features.
The USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the
item shows None.
USB Device Enable [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable all USB ports. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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USB Device Enable [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable all USB ports. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto] Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program.
Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is
detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
Disables the function.
[Disabled]
USB Single Port Control
Allows you to enable/disable individual USB ports.
2.6.4
NB Configuration
IGFX Multi-Monitor [Disabled]
Enables or disables the Internal Graphics Device Multi-Monitor support for add-on VGA
devices. And the memory size of Internal Graphics Device will keep memory reserved.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The IGFX Multi-Monitor item must be enabled before using AMD® Dual Graphics
technology.
Primary Video Device [PCIE / PCI Video]
Selects the primary display device. Configuration options: [IGFX Video] [PCIE / PCI Video]
Integrated Graphics [Auto]
Enables the integrated graphics controller. Configuration options: [Auto] [Force]
UMA Frame Buffer Size [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the Integrated Graphics item to [Auto]. Configuration
options: [Auto] [64M] [128M] [256M] [512M] [1G] [2G]
2.6.5
Onboard Devices Configuration
HD Audio Device [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
Disables the controller.
The following two items appear only when you set the HD Audio Device item to [Enabled].
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Front Panel Type [HD]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or highdefinition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio module supports.
[HD]
[AC97]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition audio.
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97.
SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF]
[SPDIF]
[HDMI]
Sets to [SPDIF] for SPDIF audio output.
Sets to [HDMI] for HDMI audio output.
Realtek LAN Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Realtek LAN controller.
Disables the controller.
Realtek PXE OPROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the Realtek LAN Controller item to [Enabled] and
allows you to enable or disable the Rom of the Realtek LAN controller. Configuration options:
[Enabled] [Disabled]
Charging USB devices in Power State S5 [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Charges USB devices even in when the system is in Power State S5.
Disables this function.
Serial Port Configuration
The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the serial port configuration.
Serial Port [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the serial port (COM).Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Change Settings [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the Serial Port to [Enabled] and allows you to
select the Serial Port base address. Configuration options: [Auto] [IO=3F8h; IRQ=4]
[IO=2F8h; IRQ=3] [IO=3E8h; IRQ=4] [IO=2E8h; IRQ=3]
2.6.6APM
Deep S4 [Disabled]
When the system enters the S4 state and this item is set to [Enabled], the system will be put
to deep S4 sleep state to reduce power consumption. The system in deep S4 state can only
be woken up via the power button. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power On]
[Power Off]
[Last State]
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The system goes into on state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state was
before the AC power loss.
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WOL (include AC Power Loss) [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Disables Wake On LAN after a power failure (G3 state).
[Enabled]
Enables Wake On LAN after a power failure (G3 state).
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the Power On by a PS/2 keyboard.
[Space Bar]
Sets the Space Bar on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
[Ctrl-Esc]
Sets the Ctrl+Esc key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
[Power Key]
Sets Power key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Power On By PME [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the PME to wake up by PCI/PCIE devices.
Allows you to turn on the system through a PCI/PCIE LAN or modem card.
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead.
Power On By Ring [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Disables Ring to generate a wake event.
[Enabled]
Enables Ring to generate a wake event.
Power On By RTC [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) and Hour/
Minute/Second will become user-configurable with set values.
RTC Alarm Date (Days)
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to select
RTC alarm time (days). When you set the time to zero, the RTC alarms everyday. Use <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the time.
- Hour / - Minute / - Second
Allows you to set the RTC alarm time. Use <+> and <-> keys to adjust the time.
2.6.7
Network Stack
Network Stack [Disabled]
This item allows user to disable or enable the UEFI network stack. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
The following two items appear only when you set the previous item to [Enabled].
Ipv4 PXE Support [Enabled]
This item allows user to disable or enable the Ipv4 PXE Boot support. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enable]
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Ipv6 PXE Support [Enabled]
This item allows user to disable or enable the Ipv6 PXE Boot support. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
2.7
Monitor menu
The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change
the fan settings.
Scroll down to display the following items:
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2.7.1
CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard
temperatures.
2.7.2
CPU / Chassis Fan Speed [xxxx RPM] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU / chassis fan
speeds in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the motherboard, the
field shows N/A.
2.7.3
CPU Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
Fan Speed Low Limit [200 RPM]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows
you to disable or set the CPU fan warning speed. Configuration options: [Ignore] [200
RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
Q-Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows
you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]Sets to [Standard] to make the CPU fan automatically adjust depending on
the CPU temperature.
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.
[Turbo]
Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
[Manual] Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following four items appear only when you set Q-Fan Profile to [Manual].
Q-Fan Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature. The
values range from 20ºC to 75ºC.
Q-Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The values
range from 20% to 100%. When the CPU temperature reaches the upper limit, the
CPU fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
Q-Fan Lower Temperature [20]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the lower limit of the CPU temperature. The
values range from 20ºC to 75ºC.
Q-Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. The values
range from 20% to 100%. When the CPU temperature is under the lower limit, the
CPU fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.
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Chassis Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the Chassis1 Q-Fan control feature.
[Enabled]
Enables the Chassis1 Q-Fan control feature.
Fan Speed Low Limit [600 RPM]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis1 Q-Fan Control feature and
allows you to disable or set the chassis1 fan warning speed. Configuration options:
[Ignore] [200RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
Q-Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis1 Q-Fan Control feature and
allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan.
[Standard]
Sets to [Standard] to make the chassis fan automatically adjust
depending on the chassis temperature.
[Silent]
Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan
operation.
[Turbo]
Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
[Manual]
Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following four items appear only when you set Q-Fan Profile to [Manual].
Q-Fan Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the chassis temperature. The
values range from 40ºC to 75ºC.
Q-Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum chassis fan duty cycle. The values
range from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature reaches the upper limit,
the chassis fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
Q-Fan Lower Temperature [20]
Displays the lower limit of the chassis temperature.
Q-Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [40]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The values
range from 40% to 100%. When the chassis temperature is under 40ºC, the chassis
fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.
2.7.5
CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard
voltage regulators. Select Ignore if you do not want to detect this item.
2.7.6
Anti Surge Support [Auto]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Anti Surge function. Configuration options:
[Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.8
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.
Scroll down to display the following items:
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Fast Boot [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Select to accelerate the boot speed.
[Disabled]
Select to go back to normal boot.
The following four items appear when you set Fast Boot to [Enabled].
SATA Support [All Devices]
[All Devices]All devices connected to SATA ports will be available during
POST.
[Hard Drive Only]Only hard drives connected to SATA ports will be detected during
POST.
[Boot Drive Only]Only boot drives connected to SATA ports will be detected during
POST.
USB Support [Partial Initialization]
[Disabled]All USB devices will not be available until OS boot up for a
fastest POST time.
[Full Initialization]All USB devices will be available during POST. This process will
extend the POST time.
[Partial Initialization]For a faster POST time, only the USB ports with keyboard and
mouse connections will be detected.
PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Support [Auto]
Select any of these settings when PS/2 keyboard and mouse are installed. These settings
only apply when Fast Boot is enabled.
[Auto]
For a faster POST time, PS/2 devices will only be available when the
system boots up or rebooted when the PS/2 devices have not been
reconnected or changed. If you disconnect or change PS/2 devices before
restarting the system, PS/2 devices will not be available and BIOS setup
program will not be accessible via PS/2 devices.
[Full Initialization]For full system control, PS/2 devices will be available during POST at any
circumstances. This process will extend POST time.
[Disabled]
For the fastest POST time, all PS/2 devices will not be available until your
computer enters the operating system.
Network Stack Driver Support [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Select to skip the network stack driver from loading during POST.
[Enabled]
Select to load the network stack driver during POST.
Next Boot after AC Power Loss [Normal Boot]
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[Normal Boot]
Returns to normal boot on the next boot after AC power loss.
[Fast Boot]
Accelerates the boot speed on the next boot after AC power loss.
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2.8.2
Boot Logo Display [Enabled]
[Auto]
Auto adjustment for Windows requirements.
[Disabled]
Hide the logo during POST.
[Full Screen]
Maximize the boot logo size.
POST Delay Time [3 sec]
This item appears only when you set Full Screen Logo to [Enabled]. This item allows you to
select the desired additional POST waiting time to easily enter the BIOS setup. You can only
execute the POST delay time during Normal Boot. The values range from 0 to 10 seconds.
This feature will only work under normal boot.
Post Report [5 sec]
This item appears only when you set Full Screen Logo to [Disabled]. This item allows you to
select a desired post report waiting time. The values range from 1 to 10 seconds.
2.8.3
Bootup NumLock State [On]
[On]
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].
[Off]
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].
2.8.4
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When this item is set to [Enabled], the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error
occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.8.5
Option ROM Messages [Force BIOS]
[Force BIOS]
The third-party ROM messages will be forced to display during the boot
sequence.
[Keep Current]
The third-party ROM messages will be displayed only if the third-party
manufacturer had set the add-on device to do so.
2.8.6
Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Allows the option ROMs to trap Interrupt 19.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
2.8.7
Setup Mode [EZ Mode]
[Advanced Mode]Sets Advanced Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup
program.
[EZ Mode]
2.8.8
Sets EZ Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup program.
CSM (Compatibility Support Module)
Allows you to configure the CSM (Compatibility Support Module) items to fully support the
various VGA, bootable devices and add-on devices for better compatibility.
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Launch CSM [Enabled]
[Auto]The system automatically detects the bootable devices and the add-on
devices.
[Enabled]For better compatibility, enable the CSM to fully support the non-UEFI
driver add-on devices or the Windows® UEFI mode.
[Disabled]Disable the CSM to fully support the Windows® Security Update and
Security Boot.
The following four items appear when you set Launch CSM to [Enabled].
Boot Device Control [UEFI and Legacy OpROM]
Allows you to select the type of devices that you want to boot up. Configuration options:
[UEFI and Legacy OpROM] [Legacy OpROM only] [UEFI only]
Boot from Network Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of network devices that you want to launch. Configuration
options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Boot from Storage Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of storage devices that you want to launch. Configuration
options: [Both, Legacy OpROM first] [Both, UEFI first] [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first]
[Ignore]
Boot from PCIe/PCI Expansion Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of PCIe/PCI expansion devices that you want to launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first]
2.8.9
Secure Boot
Allows you to configure the Windows® Secure Boot settings and manage its keys to protect
the system from unauthorized access and malwares during POST.
OS Type [Windows UEFI mode]
Allows you to select your installed operating system.
[Windows UEFI mode]Executes the Microsoft® Secure Boot check. Only
select this option when booting on Windows® UEFI
mode or other Microsoft® Secure Boot compliant OS.
[Other OS]Get the optimized function when booting on
Windows® non-UEFI mode, Windows® Vista/XP,
or other Microsoft® Secure Boot non-compliant
OS. Only on Windows® UEFI mode that Microsoft®
Secure Boot can function properly.
The following item appears when OS Type is set to [Windows UEFI mode].
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Key Management
This item appears only when you set Secure Boot Mode to [Custom]. It allows you to manage
the Secure Boot keys.
Clear Secure Boot keys
This item appears only when you load the default Secure Boot keys. This item allows
you to clear all default Secure Boot keys.
Save Secure Boot keys
This item appears only when you load the default Secure Boot keys. This item allows
you to save all default Secure Boot keys.
PK Management
The Platform Key (PK) locks and secures the firmware from any non-permissible
changes. The system verifies the PK before your system enters the OS.
Delete PK
Allows you to delete the PK from your system. Once the PK is deleted, all the
system’s Secure Boot keys will not be active. Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load PK from File
Allows you to load the downloaded PK from a USB storage device.
The PK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
KEK Management
The KEK (Key-exchange Key or Key Enrollment Key) manages the Signature database
(db) and Revoked Signature database (dbx).
Key-exchange Key (KEK) refers to Microsoft® Secure Boot Key-Enrollment Key (KEK).
Delete the KEK
Allows you to delete the KEK from your system. Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load KEK from File
Allows you to load the downloaded KEK from a USB storage device.
Append KEK from file
Allows you to load the additional KEK from a storage device for an additional db and
dbx loaded management.
The KEK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
DB Management
The db (Authorized Signature database) lists the signers or images of UEFI
applications, operating system loaders, and UEFI drivers that you can load on the
single computer.
Delete the db
Allows you to delete the db file from your system. Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
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Load db from File
Allows you to load the downloaded db from a USB storage device.
Append db from file
Allows you to load the additional db from a storage device so that more images can
be loaded securely.
The DB file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
DBX Management
The dbx (Revoked Signature database) lists the forbidden images of db items that are
no longer trusted and cannot be loaded.
Delete the DBX
Allows you to delete the DBX file from your system. Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load DBX from File
Allows you to load the downloaded DBX from a USB storage device.
Append DBX from file
Allows you to load the additional DBX from a storage device so that more db’s
images cannot be loaded.
The DBX file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
2.8.10
Boot Option Priorities
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices. The
number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices
installed in the system.
2.8.11
•
To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo
appears.
•
To access Windows OS in Safe Mode, press <F8> after POST.
Boot Override
These items displays the available devices. The number of device items that appears on
the screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system. Click an item to start
booting from the selected device.
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2.9
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
2.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. Press [Enter] to launch the ASUS EZ Flash 2 screen.
For more details, see section 2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2.
2.9.2
ASUS SPD Information
DIMM Slot # [DIMM_A1]
Displays the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) information of the DIMM module installed on the
selected slot. Configuration options: [DIMM_A1] [DIMM_B1]
2.9.3
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
The Setup Profile Status items show Not Installed if no profile is created.
Label
Allows you to input the label of the setup profile.
Save to Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile. Key in a
profile number from one to eight, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
Load from Profile
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Key in the profile
number that saved your CMOS settings, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent the
system boot failure!
•
We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/
CPU configuration and BIOS version.
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2.10
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal default values for the BIOS items, and
save or discard your changes to the BIOS items. You can access the EZ Mode from the Exit
menu.
Load Optimized Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup
menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Yes to load the default values.
Save Changes & Reset
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved. When you select this option or if you press <F10>,
a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to save changes and exit.
Discard Changes & Exit
This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes. When you
select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to
discard changes and exit.
ASUS EZ Mode
This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
This option allows you to attempt to launch the UEFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one
of the available devices that have a filesystem.
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Appendices
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
•
This device may not cause harmful interference.
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required
to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate this equipment.
IC: Canadian Compliance Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. This device complies with RSS
210 of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the Canadian
interference-causing equipment regulations.
This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
Cut appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le
matériel brouilleur du Canada.
Cet appareil est conforme aux normes CNR exemptes de licence d’Industrie Canada. Le
fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes :
(1) cet appareil ne doit pas provoquer d’interférences et
(2) cet appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris celles susceptibles de provoquer
un fonctionnement non souhaité de l’appareil.
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Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
VCCI: Japan Compliance Statement
VCCI Class B Statement
KC: Korea Warning Statement
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of
Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at
ASUS REACH website at http://csr.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to
enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin
indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in
municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal
waste.
ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services
ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards
for protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to
responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components as well as the packaging
materials. Please go to http://csr.asus.com/english/Takeback.htm for detailed recycling
information in different regions.
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ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Address
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
Telephone +886-2-2894-3447
Fax +886-2-2890-7798
E-mail
info@asus.com.tw
Web site
http://www.asus.com
Technical Support
Telephone Fax Online support
+86-21-3842-9911
+86-21-5866-8722 ext. 9101#
http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx
ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)
Address
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
Telephone+1-510-739-3777
Fax
+1-510-608-4555
Web site
http://www.asus.com/us/
Technical Support
Support fax
General support Online support
+1-812-284-0883
+1-812-282-2787
http://www.service.asus.com/
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address
Fax
Web site
Online contact
Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany
+49-2102-959931
http://www.asus.com/de
http://eu-rma.asus.com/sales
Technical Support
Telephone+49-2102-5789555
Support Fax
+49-2102-959911
Online support
http://www.asus.com/de/support/
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Appendices
(510)739-3777/(510)608-4555
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539.
Asus Computer International
Date :
Signature :
Representative Person’s Name :
Mar. 26, 2014
Steve Chang / President
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Supplementary Information:
FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Unintentional Radiators
Conforms to the following specifications:
Model Number : A88XM-E
Product Name : Motherboard
hereby declares that the product
Phone/Fax No:
Address:
Responsible Party Name:
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Ver. 120601
EC Declaration of Conformity
A88XM-E
Regulation (EC) No. 617/2013
Declaration Date: 26/03/2014
Year to begin affixing CE marking: 2014
CE marking
Signature : __________
Position : CEO
Name :
Jerry Shen
(EC conformity marking)
Regulation (EC) No. 278/2009
2011/65/EU-RoHS Directive
Regulation (EC) No. 642/2009
EN 60065:2002 / A12:2011
EN 301 489-1 V1.9.2(2011-09)
EN 301 489-3 V1.4.1(2002-08)
EN 301 489-4 V1.4.1(2009-05)
EN 301 489-7 V1.3.1(2005-11)
EN 301 489-9 V1.4.1(2007-11)
EN 301 489-17 V2.2.1(2012-09)
EN 301 489-24 V1.5.1(2010-09)
EN 302 326-2 V1.2.2(2007-06)
EN 302 326-3 V1.3.1(2007-09)
EN 301 357-2 V1.4.1(2008-11)
EN 302 291-1 V1.1.1(2005-07)
EN 302 291-2 V1.1.1(2005-07)
EN 55024:2010
EN 61000-3-3:2008
EN 55020:2007+A11:2011
Regulation (EC) No. 1275/2008
2009/125/EC-ErP Directive
EN 60950-1 / A12:2011
2006/95/EC-LVD Directive
EN 300 328 V1.7.1(2006-10)
EN 300 440-1 V1.6.1(2010-08)
EN 300 440-2 V1.4.1(2010-08)
EN 301 511 V9.0.2(2003-03)
EN 301 908-1 V5.2.1(2011-05)
EN 301 908-2 V5.2.1(2011-07)
EN 301 893 V1.6.1(2011-11)
EN 302 544-2 V1.1.1(2009-01)
EN 302 623 V1.1.1(2009-01)
EN 50360:2001
EN 62479:2010
EN 50385:2002
EN 62311:2008
1999/5/EC-R &TTE Directive
EN 55022:2010+AC:2011
EN 61000-3-2:2006+A2:2009
EN 55013:2001+A1:2003+A2:2006
2004/108/EC-EMC Directive
conform with the essential requirements of the following directives:
Model name :
Product name :
Motherboard
GERMANY
declare the following apparatus:
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH
HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN
Country:
TAIWAN
Country:
Address, City:
4F, No. 150, LI-TE Rd., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN
Address, City:
Authorized representative in Europe:
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Manufacturer:
We, the undersigned,
Ver. 130816
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